Md. beating defendant on path to clearing record

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BALTIMORE (AP) - A former member of an Orthodox Jewish neighborhood watch group convicted in the 2010 beating of a black teenager in Baltimore is on a path to having his record expunged.

Eliyahu Werdesheim's lawyer says that during a hearing Tuesday, a judge granted his client probation before judgment, meaning he no longer has convictions on his record. In three years he can ask to have the charges removed from the public record.

Werdesheim also has completed essays required by the judge on the similarities, differences and challenges of various Baltimore communities.

The case had previously drawn comparisons by some to the 2012 fatal shooting of unarmed Florida teen Trayvon Martin by then- neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman. Zimmerman was cleared of all charges in the case.

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